Over the past 20 years, farming has changed and the products growers use have changed dramatically from what was on the trade show floor in 1995. At the first Classic trade show, seed treatments were just coming onto the market. Today most soybeans are treated before they go into the ground says Jerrod Thomas with Acceleron by Monsanto, “In 2011, only 60% of soybeans in the US were treated; today over 70% of soybean seeds are treated.” He added that more and more of those treated seeds are being treated with both fungicides and insecticides.
The pace of technological innovation in agricultural change is also increasing. A year ago at Commodity Classic, DuPont Pioneer announced their Encirca data service. Since then, the advances have come fast and furiously. A nitrogen module was added last summer, and currently over 600,000 acres have been enrolled in the program. Future plans are for Pioneer to add monitoring and analysis of fertility levels and irrigation recommendations.
Data services are everywhere at the trade show. FarmServer from Beck’s was drawing big crowds to see how the service can help growers identify high performing and poor performing sections of a field. The easy to use system gives growers a good deal of control over how they want their data to be analyzed.
Climate Corporation was demonstrating their nitrogen advisor which allows growers to monitor their nitrogen levels and makes recommendations based on real time field and weather conditions. The service, that lists for $3 per acre, not only allows growers to use their nitrogen more efficiently but also more effectively by telling growers when to apply nitrogen to best reach the plants.
New chemistry and new formulations of old products are also giving farmers tools to farm more productively, efficiently, and sustainably. The 2015 trade show is the largest in Classic history, but will be eclipsed by the 2016 trade show when the Ag Equipment industry will become part of the Classic trade show in New Orleans.
“The Commodity Classic Trade Show is always a popular event, and this year is no exception with a sold out event that offers attendees a chance to see the most cutting edge technology while interacting with industry leaders,” said NCGA spokesman Bart Schott. “Those searching for new ideas and a better picture of what is now and soon will be available to farmers will find the most extensive, comprehensive offering to date while exhibitors reach a larger audience than ever. As the demand for food, feed and fuel continues to grow, we look forward to helping our members and growers across America find ways to do it through this event.”